A wandering or drifting bandsaw blade is not all that uncommon, especially among new woodworkers. Some more seasoned woodworkers are able to adjust the sawblade to avoid drifting every time. It’s just old hat to them, they just know by the feel of the wood texture, grain, thickness, even making adjustments for the length of time the blade has been in service.

If you’re not as seasoned, or just not as honed in as some of the old timers, we can probably help you through this.

Essentially there are only about 4 things that can cause your resaw blade to wander.

  • Blade Tracking controls
  • A sawblade housing that needs cleaning
  • Blade Tension
  • Blade Sharpness

Check the Bandsaw Blade Tracking

tracking The sawblade should be running true at the start. Check the tracking to be certain the sawblade is running between the bearing guides, not in front or back of it. This might seem like an obvious thing, but check it anyway, you never know when the wheels got turned out of adjustment. If the blade is running true at the start, move on, the sawblade tracking is not the issue.

Clean the Sawblade housing

No one likes to clean house, EVER. But in this instance you might want to check for a little sawdust build up. Again, this might be an obvious thing to look for. But how often have you been creating the woodworking masterpiece of a lifetime, when someone calls you out of the shop, and you forget to do something…..like clean up. So just open the sawblade housing and check for sawdust that may have collected around the tires. You might now be ready to resaw a beautiful veneer. But if the tires are clean, and the resaw blade is running true, move on. It’s not saw dust or tracking. housing

Check the Bandsaw Blade Tension

Contrary to most other things, too much sawblade tension is not what breaks these blades, it’s too little tension. Chances are your bandsaw blade will take more tension than could ever be applied by the bandsaw. Don’t be afraid to make this adjustment. Use a test piece of wood to see if the blade continues to drift. This is perhaps the most common mistake that allows the blade to drift.

Lastly, Is your Resaw Blade Sharp Enough

Stop…don’t throw that sawblade away! While reswaing requires sharpness like our X-Tra Edge™ Resawing Blades, when the blade becomes too dull to resaw, it can still be used for other less precise cuts. If you have checked all of the above items, then it’s probably just that the resaw blade needs to be sharper and you need a new one.

Resawing requires precise cutting. When your sawblade is wandering all over the place, you’re probably going to ruin a great piece of wood (and maybe a finger). For revolutionary woodworking saw blades, that will keep you from wandering, check out our full line of bandsaw blades.

Stay Sharp My Friends.